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October 31, 2012

Will Small Cells Have the Power They Need?

Sitting in Panera with a ton of people trying to get to the Internet as fast as they can – the amount of troubles that we are currently facing on the East Coast is simply mind boggling, not to mention the devastation has been in swaths of areas. 

My cable phone network is down because my house is down, and four hours of battery life would be a joke since it’s going to be a week for most of us to get service again.

Cell coverage has also been spotty, but I think that was a volume issue more than anything else; however, when the deployment of small cells start in earnest later this year, the question has to be what will be the power supply? 

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The reality is that the local outside plant is becoming more fractured. 

I was going to interview the Small Cell Forums this week, but I have delayed it until I have a place to sit and listen without generators and sirens blaring. 

In the meantime, help me gauge the problem. If you have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy, please fill out this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B6LWBRT

 I look forward to sharing the responses with you all.

This obviously is part 1 – stay tuned for part 2, coming shortly.

Edited by Allison Boccamazzo

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